Since 1995, South Carolina residents have enjoyed Bon Dance Festival, an annual celebration of Japanese culture in the form of a late summer festival during the Japanese holiday Obon.
Bon Dance Festival 2019 – #obonSC
Saturday, August 24, 12:30pm-4:30pm
(Doors open early for setup and food sales)
225 S Pleasantburg Dr | Greenville, SC 29607
See 2019 schedule below.
The Greenville Bon Dance Festival includes Bon Odori (the Bon Dance, see a demonstration from 2018) with participants in colorful kimono, yukata and happi coats, as well as delicious food from numerous participating Upstate vendors.
This event is family-friendly, and is currently held indoors in comfortable air conditioning, regardless of weather conditions.
There are Japanese crafts, games, prizes, Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations including kyudo archery and kendo, and traditional Japanese arts including calligraphy, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and origami.
2019 Japanese Festival Schedule
11:30am Gate Open
12:30pm Taiko drumming by Ronin Taiko
1:00pm Bon Dance led by Midori no Kai
1:15pm Hula Dance by Hokukea
1:30pm Kyudo archery by SC Kyudo Renmei
1:45pm Tea Ceremony by WNC Japanese Culture Center
2:15pm Bon Dance led by Midori no Kai
2:30pm Hula Dance by Hokukea
2:45pm Taiko drumming by Ronin Taiko
3:15pm Kendo demonstration by Greenville Kendo Club
3:45pm Sanshin musical performance by Gachimaya
4:15pm Bon Dance led by Midori no Kai
4:30pm Festival End
Everyone is welcome. This event is hosted by the Japan-America Association of South Carolina (JAASC), and comes together with help of numerous local and regional organizations, individuals, businesses and volunteers dedicated to the purpose.
The organizers of this event are dedicated to the purpose of fostering and promoting positive relationships among the peoples of the United States and Japan through meaningful educational, social and cultural exchanges.